November 22, 2022
Every day is a season to be grateful. Of course this week brings it to the forefront as we celebrate Thanksgiving. The start of the most wonderful, and my personal favorite, time of the year.
I find it to be one of the few times in the year that I purposefully slow down, take many deep breaths, and reflect on all that God has blessed me and my family with.
This includes the trials and hardships we have endured and overcome. Not just the sweet and beautiful. Which, by the way, is what dulci means in latin.
Happiness is an inside job. And at the root of it is gratefulness.
Starts in the heart, confirmed in the mind. Lives out in our daily actions. Not only what you see, but the perspective and depth for how you choose to look at it.
Meaning, when things aren’t going your way, and current circumstances are unpleasant, do you commit yourself to praise and not complaint?
Resolve to take the long-term view and be patient? Resolve to rejoice whatever the circumstances?
Commit yourself to faith, even when there is no fruit…
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV
The exquisite feeling of Happiness can begin whenever you want, wherever you want, because it has nothing to do with things.
Happiness is an ART, not an Accident.
Happiness is as much a Cause for Success as Results are.
Having More is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is not a product of the things you have. Having more does not guarantee more happiness.
Happiness is not something you can withdraw from a bank account. It something you withdraw from life, and those around you.
There’s nothing wrong about wanting more for ourselves and those we love, but it doesn’t mean we have to experience less of life’s treasure, because, at the moment, we have less.
Don’t miss the great gift provided in the now, that enables you to appreciate the greater blessings when they come to you later.
If we cannot learn to be Happy with what we have now, then we will never be happy, no matter how much good fortune that comes our way in the future.
A clean house and tidy life might sound nice. Or maybe, a ‘messy’ house, that’s lived in and full of love, is far better.
I think the ‘messes’ in our lives are the blessings God has given us.
From the Meadows and McPherran family to yours, Have a most grateful and blessed Thanksgiving.
P.S. It’s never too late to share your gratitude. ===> Send a Thanksgiving ‘grateful’ package today. Choose one, two or send a Trio of chocolates to let them know how much you care.
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